Featuring work by seven major international artists, Dying in Spite of the Miraculous reveals the shadowy outlines that bleed between worlds, where artists become inseparable from their haunting of a site or a story.

Art Exhibition previously on at Gertrude Contemporary in Melbourne precinct, Victoria, Australia.
From Friday 08 October 2010 to Saturday 06 November 2010
Launch Friday 08 October 2010, 6-8pm

Dying in Spite of the Miraculous image

Published by anonymous on Tuesday 28 September 2010.
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Co-curated by the Festival and Gertrude Contemporary, the exhibition explores film’s potential as an allegory for the interplay between real time and the illusory, as actors blur their characters with themselves, and sites resonate with accumulated history.

Combining the intrigue of real life events born from trauma and psychosis with ritual and magic, Dying in Spite of the Miraculous presents a restless fusion of the celestial and the real. Bas Jan Ader and Jeremy Blake both disappeared presumed drowned, while exploring sadness and psychosis in their work.

The myths and superstitions surrounding occultist Aleister Crowley and killers Jean-Claude Romand and Charles Manson are the subject of works by Joachim Koester, Saskia Olde Wolbers and Justin Lieberman. Joachim Koester and Ulla von Brandenburg investigate a curious collection of architectures, from the ghoulishly muraled rooms of Crowley’s magical community in Sicily, to Le Corbusier’s failed utopian experiment Villa Savoye.

Jeremy Blake’s video work summons the spectres of the Winchester Mystery Mansion built by Sarah Lockwood Pardee, as a gift to the ghost that haunted her.

In all of these works the celestial coexists with the out-take and the certain becomes ethereal. Working in collaboration with architect Johan van Schaik of Minfie van Schaik Architects, Gertrude Contemporary’s two gallery spaces will be transformed into dematerialising labyrinths, mirroring the way the works blur the distinction between self and subject.